Relief sculpture is a technique where the sculpted elements remain attached to a solid background of the same material. It gives an impression that the sculpted material has been raised above the background plane. Our Featured Artist: Cheryl Nagawa, is an upcoming relief artist whose style blew my mind.
Featured Artist: Cheryl Nagawa
A graduate of Interior Design from the University of Nairobi, Cheryl was an apprentice of David Aruna, an artist who nurtured her talent before she decided to venture out on her own.
Her relief art stands out the most as her best form of visual expression.
First, she starts by sketching the desired artwork on the surface, which is usually a chosen wall. She uses a special hardening paste to sculpt the composition, making it a 3 dimensional figure attached to the wall.
The final process is painting, where she uses acrylic paint to accentuate the artwork. Looking at her work, you realize that it is in a mid-relief style. This means that the background field does not have elements undercut, or fully disengaged from it.
Cheryl draws most of her inspiration from nature. Animals, landscapes and plants influence most her artwork.
When she is not making relief art, Cheryl is a freelance interior designer. Seeing that relief sculpture could be a decorative form, she incorporates it in her murals and outstanding wall stencils. For instance, she could design an office and use the feature wall as a canvas for a piece of art.
The Video Below shows her process for an artwork she made.